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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Amager Bryghus.

Added by ADZA on 11-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
150
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
16.34%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
20
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, warm sable just a hair above black with a very thick and rather persistent tan head. Strong, smoky aroma has notes of roast coffee, licorice and semi-sweet chocolate. Bold flavor has a smoky overtone and includes coffee, licorice and chocolate tones plus a bitter hoppy note and more than a hint of sweetness. Full-bodied texture is smooth and quite fizzy, leaving a smoky, chocolaty finish. If this is not the best porter I have ever had, it is certainly one of the best. Keep up the good work, Mikkeller!

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Photo of jellikit
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle.
Appearance: dark black. Deep ruby when held to light. Thick, foamy, tan head.
Smell: fig. Tobacco. Sweetness.
Taste: tobacco, raisin, chocolate. Light roasted barley. A light hint of smoke.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: very good. Unlike any porter I have had. Complex and tasty.

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Photo of mick303
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with no noticeable freshness date, even on the usual cap. Poured pitch black and opaque, head was quite slight, and was a rich dark caramel brown in colour. One of the darker heads I've seen. But there was really good lacing and some whispy film. 4.25

Smell: huge notes of dark roasted malts, full bodied coffee, dark chocolate, some definite spice along with dark cherries. Hops provide some of strong bitter espresso notes, nuttiness, a trace of alcohol. Really rich, but still very balanced. 4.5

Taste: A big roasted malt profile before some of the herbal astringent hops kick in. Really roasty, bbq meat, dry bitter coffee, leather with a subdued fruitiness, a hint of molasses sweetness. The hops come through nicely on the end with tart lychees, dry wood on finish with a drying bitterness. Really tasty, a nice balance of the roasty dark malts and the hops and between both, some really interesting complexity. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Obviously quite big and very rich, but with a nice silkiness to it, a little alcohol spice at times but really well contained and balanced. A big malty mouthfeel, coating and luscious. The balance is excellent, leaving a residual lingering hop bitterness. Warming and surprisingly drinkable and tasty. 4.25

Really great. An exceptional interpretation with a lot of countering hop bitterness leaving a satisfying coffee and dark molasses aftertaste. Really well done to let the various ingredients all come through yet keep the balance throughout. Not overly boozey with enough big malt to pack some serious complexity, still really pleasant and satisfying to too drink. As a beer verging on Imperial territory it combines some of the Imperial Stout malty complexity with good drinkability and some acidic hoppiness. Excellent, seek this one out.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this porter in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance- The vigorous pour produces a brown sugar foam that stands at least three fingers in width. It is dense and puffy, and it has great retention. Not to mention, that when it finally does fall, it leaves huge chunks of sheet lace.

The body is dark, but has a definite slivers of brown highlights.

Smell- There are waves of dark malts and roast seeping out of the glass. The dark malts are sweet and give the impression of molasses and anise. The roast is soft and adds a little edge to the sweet aspect.

Taste- The drink starts with some of the dark malts, featuring molasses, some cocoa, and even anise. As the drink progresses, it picks up an earthy character and just the slightest touch of roasted malt.

The finish has some char, breadiness, and anise. The drink is sweet, roasty, and delicious.

Mouth feel- For a porter, it is very creamy. And because of this, the body feels to be a good medium body.

Overall- This porter smells great and has the flavors to back up what was promised in the nose. It is nice to have a porter with some complexity that does not just lean on cocoa flavor.

The introduction of syrupy, anise-like dark malts is well appreciated. I hope I am lucky enough to find this beer again some day.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, very dark brown with an inch of tan creamy head that sets at medium pace, without being prone to create much of a lacing on the sides.

Nose is roasty and toffee-ish sweet with dominant chocolate and some coffee in the background. A faint, virtually non-existent dark fruit esters round the aroma profile.

The initially sweet flavor of rich deep chocolate and some dark fruit esters segues to the coffeeish roasty dry finish featuring moderate hop bitterness enhanced by the roasted malts.

Medium-full body with fine carbonation lays soft on the tongue.

Overall, a simplistic but by no means void of anything robust porter (500 ml lacking BB indication, into tulip).

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Photo of vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful looking porter. Deep cola pour into a solid black body. Creamy, light khaki cap of foam. Nice retention and ok lace.

S - Rye bread, dark bitter chocolate, molasses, almond, Nutella, touch of cold booze.

T - Smooth and roasty. Dark toast, dark chocolate truffles, bitter herbs, pumpernickel bread, toasted hazelnuts.

M - Medium body, spot on for the style. Smooth, creamy finish.

O - A great porter, one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of Loot
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- jet black with Ruby near edges....nice mocha head...

S- roasted and toasted malts...cocoa and a malt sweetness...hint of hops towards the end...

T - Smokey, to chocolatety, espresso notes, ends figgy, fruity. Slightly sweet and Smokey.chalky. barely shows Abv .

M- creamy.

O- GREAT. sessionable. Surprisingly light bodied. Great body smooth taste. Can't go wrong. Nothing totally insanely new with beer just a well made Porter.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a heavy, dense, seemingly oppressive pitch black shade, nearly ominous for what it's worth. For a Porter it looks like one hell of a Stout! No dark brown here, this is light impermeable black. Quick splash of loose tan head that retreats to a ring around the top of the beer.

Toasty, roasty, nutty malt on the nose, prevalent coffee and some mild cocoa.

Toasty, roasty malt up front, molasses, soft milk chocolate, cafe au lait, with a healthy kick of herbal, citrusy hops on the finish. Toasty, nutty character lingers on into the aftertaste along with grapefruit rinds. Once it warms the alcohol warmth really starts to blossom.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller end of the spectrum, not quite as heavy or dense as the appearance hints at. Texture is somewhat sticky yet also a bit thin, while carbonation is minimal.

It works, whatever it is, this American Porter was incredibly enjoyable to drink, and was pleasantly balanced for a Mikkeller offering--everything in its place and no particular aspect trying to steal the show or overwhelm. A total winner, I hope to snap up some more.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black pour with some dark brown hues. Medium to full size, frothy, bubbly, sticky, cafe colored head. Good retention leaving a nice sticky lacing.

S - Lots of milk chocolate, some dark chocolate, mocha, cream, and vainilla. Fairly sweet with a bit of a roasted bitterness to counteract that.

T - A lot of the same. Dominated by fairly sweet milk chocolate, mocha, and fudge. Some dark chocolate and cream. Roasted earthy and nutty flavors. A touch of bitterness but completely lacking any astringency. Nice caramel undertone.

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy. Nice.

D - Very easy to drink porter. A touch on the sweet side but there is definitely enough roasted flavors to balance that. Great to sip on for dessert.

Notes: Hits all the points that I want in a porter. Loads of chocolate combined with the velvety body makes this perfect for dessert. Nothing extreme or frilly; just a solid, beautiful porter.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Almost black, but dark brown in color with lighter brown highlights on the side. Nice tan colored head. Pretty thick after a hard pour, goes away after awhile, but lacing is decent.

Smell is good, very roasty and robust enough for porter lovers. Chocolate and not quite espresso aromas, slightly oaky with a hint of vanilla. There is the tiniest bit of hop presence that tickles your nose, mostly floral.

Taste is a huge step up, very robust and again super roasty. Chocolate malt is king here. Not quite the espresso flavor as the aroma, just more like a really dark roasted coffee. I don't remember reading this being barrel aged, but there are hints of oak and vanilla as well, tastes awesome.

Mouthfeel is great. Full bodied, and a really good carbonation level. Really good balance and smooth. 8% is a little high for you're run of the mill porter, but no bite from it. Super drinkable too. Good enough so that you should share the bottle, but you could easily polish it on your own. A great beer with dessert, but totally not your average porter. Darn you Mikkeller for being so great!

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Photo of dcmchew
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black/very dark brown pour, two finger light brown head. Really great retention, lots of tracing.
Rich porter smell: nice rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, macchiato coffee, with hints of smoke, licorice, dark fruit esters and a touch of green leafy hops.
Lots of juiciness in the initial sip, zesty and quite sour, mix of oranges, figs and plums, getting covered by heavily roasted malts, very dark cooking chocolate and strong grounded coffee beans. Licorice and anise. A short burst of citrusy hops in the finish bring a nice crisp feel, but it's rapidly pushed away by ashy, charcoal roast, with a hint of smoke too. Leafy and earthy hops in the aftertaste, with the lingering burnt malts and a touch of the dark fruitiness.
Creamy body with a low carbonation, nicely hidden alcohol, great balance of roasted malts and bitter hops from start to finish (and after).
Very drinkable and tasty porter, though some people would find the sourness off-putting. It worked for me though.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent black in color with a 1 finger light khaki head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Cocoa, fragrant hops, faint smoke. Simple, yet effective.

T - Cocoa, slightly bitter hops, and black malt start the sip, roasted coffee dominates the middle, and it ends with maple charcoal and light burnt/smokiness.

M - Smooth, low-medium carbonation, full bodied.

O - Pretty drinkable porter, another wonderful beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tauroe for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Very dark brown and opaque. Forms a thin tan creamy head and almost no visible carbonation.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, cacao, a bit creamy, and some sweet maltiness. There's elements here that remind me of amaretto as well.

T: Coffee, lactose creaminess, cacao, and a nutty (almonds? Or almost peanut butter?) flavor at the swallow. Creamy sweet with mild roasted bitterness in the hang.

M: Creamy, heavy body for style. Low carbonation sensation, and alcohol very well-hidden.

O: Wow - this was really pretty damn pleasant. Mikkeller beers are often hit or miss; but this was a hit for sure. Tasty.

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Photo of Marius
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Pitch black pour with a tall espresso-coloured head with very good retention - stunning, this is what all porters should look like. Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa and some cherry sourness in the nose. The taste follows the same note, with a lot of roast and cherry bitterness on top of a very thin malt sugar layer, and some feint sourness in the backgorund, all perfectly blended. Medium body, medium-low carbonation and a chocolate-bitter aftertaste. A veeery good porter.

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Photo of Doodler
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle shared with buds over the holidays. Poured into a snifter a deep chocolate with a thick creamy head. Nose is roasted malts,licorice, cocoa and hints of coffee. Taste is caramel and malts. Has some sweet chocolate and dark fruits on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

this porter is the bomb, enormous body, palate coating inky dark brown viscous brew that has an almost belgian yeast character to it, albeit subtly and more up front than in the finish, but a cool twist to a brilliantly made beer. so much body, muddy in look and feel, with an inch or so of mocha colored head with wonderful retention. dry bitter roasty vibe to the grain base, a touch of rye in here too perhaps, it has that big round almost spicy element. the alcohol is hidden real well tell, this drinks a lot quicker than an 8% beer usually does. there is also this lightly toasted marshmallow thing going on towards the finish that i like a lot. i have read people that called this hoppy, i didnt think so, it seems balanced well to me, but my bottle may have some age on it and allowed the hop element to simmer some. overall though one of the better straight ahead porters i have had in recent memory.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) bottle, with no apparent bottled on or freshness date present. Found this at a local beer store, and having never tried it before, naturally I decided to get it. My second porter brewed by Mikkeller, the other being Mikkeller Fra Til Via (From To Via).

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two big creamy fingers of dark mocha colored froth on top of an opaque black body. Head thins to a tan ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Smell is of old ice brewed coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted malts. A floral hop aroma in there as well, but subtle. Smells like your typical nice American porter. Maybe a hint of chocolate covered cherries as it warms. Trace amount of booze. A fairly tame, unexciting aroma.

T - Remarkably smooth and creamy, and more full-bodied than a lot of American porters, which I enjoy. Creamy iced coffee roast isn't bitter, toasted malts aren't overdone. Milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, lactose. I could see this being a great breakfast beer. But my god this beer is so creamy and chocolatey and roasty, it's a thing of beauty.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy & smooth; goes down way easy for being an 8.00% abv beer. Alcohol is very well hidden, and the carbonation is perfect.

Overall, an outstanding American porter from Mikkeller, in my humble opinion. I would definitely buy more of this if it was more readily available and not as expensive. Definitely a beer I would drink again.

Mikkeller Porter ---4.5/5

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip New Years Day 2013

A shes a dark one even the foam, not much of an edge just a thumbnail, the foam lasts a few sips and leaves a single ring of lace

S chocolate liqueur and syrup with some licorice and fudge, there's a faint hint of hard nutty toffee and a little dark fruit both fresh and dried, some of those hard coffee candies I can never remember the name of and a little molasses

T not as rich as the nose but still very nice, some char I wasn't picking up on the nose, a little more fruit and less of the many forms of chocolate the nose was pumping out

M leaning towards full with enough bubbles to give it some life, quite sticky on the lips and slick and oily in the mouth, very faint heat but considering its 8% the booze is well hidden

O very well rounded brew with no flaws I just had to bump it up a notch in the overall department, I could drink another for sure, grab one of these if you can

solid Imperial Porter from Mikkeller, worth the 8$ and almost made me feel human after a crappy day

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Photo of drpimento
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bit too cold with a smallish, thick, tan head that soon settled and some lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is an aromatic malt, roast, dark ripe fruit, cocoa. Flavor’s much like nose, bittersweet up front followed by mild carbonic tang. Body is good, but carbonation seems a tad flat. Finish is very long and boozy. All taken together it leaves me without much desire for another .5 liter bottle.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle shared by Doodler ( thanks Scott) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and charcoal. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of charcoal, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and earthiness with a smooth dry lingering bitter chocolate finish.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtually opaque black with a tight tan head.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted grain, coffee, cocoa powder, and caramel are present on the nose.

T: A grainy, mildly tart entry quickly reveals notes of dark, bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, roasted grain, leather, tobacco, coffee, and earthy, herbal hops. The finish is malty and somewhat astringent with leather and earthy hops moving to the fore, while traces of cocoa and coffee can be found in the background.

M: Medium-bodied and somewhat dry. Carbonation is unobtrusive. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Very drinkable and approachable for a strong porter.

O: This is another winner from Mikkeller. As far as American-style porters go, this is one of the most appealing I've tried. The flavors are gorgeously layered, the aroma is enticing, and it has a great texture. If you have not tried this one yet, it would be a good idea to do so.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a dark chocolate color with a tightly formed one finger deep beige head that settles into a frothy mass.A mix of chocolate,earthy roast,and fruit in the nose,a nice combo...the way an American-style porter should be.A mix of dark coffee roast and molasses-like sweetness on the palate with underlying dark fruit,alcohol, and bitter chocolate,a good mix of roast and mild sweetness.If it could be just a bit fuller in the feel the porter is off the charts,as is it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki colored head.Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, black licorice, molasses, vanilla, coffee, some earthy hops.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, black licorice, molasses, roasted coffee, cofffee bitterness, vanilla, some earthy hops and mild bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, dry, and sweet finish.

D - Nice strong porter. Great overall balance.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Chris (spycow). Bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Nice level of roast and sweet malts. There's some coffee beans, light dark chocolate, and cream in there as well. Spot-on how I like my Porters.

T - Similar to the nose. Roast, toasted malts, dark chocolate, expresso, cream. Very robust, but a nice balance of roast and sweetness that I really enjoy.

M - Medium to full, rich and creamy, good carbonation.

O - An excellent porter that I would have again, if offered up. It's straight forward with the roast and sweetness, but that's what makes me like this beer. It's not trying to be anything else but a great porter. Recommend.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Three fingers of creamy mocha foam that displays great retention and copious amounts of glass-coating lace. Body is near-black, display a bit of color only when held up to direct lighting.

S - A mix of dark chocolate, roasted grains, smoke, coffee, light char, and a hint of vanilla and caramel sweetness. No discernible alcohol.

T - The is quite similar. Heavily roasted and lightly charred malts, dark chocolate, touch of espresso, and a very light touch of vanilla and caramel sweetness. Some moderate bitterness builds over time.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, slightly gritty and dry texture, with only mild stickiness in the finish. Again, minimal alcohol presence.

D - This beer almost exactly matches its utilitarian name. It's a no-frills Porter that re-affirms my belief that Mikkel can brew very good beers when he puts his mind to it. I had no problem drinking the whole 500ml bottle, and would gladly have this again.

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